Beating Crystal Palace in 1993 saw Pools become the first lower division club to knock a Premier League side out of the FA Cup. The ‘unquestionable penalty’ and ‘not particularly cold for Hartlepool’ weather are now the stuff of legend. Three players from that game give us the full story!

With the big match against Crystal Palace approaching HUST spoke to Eddie Kyle, Alan Murray’s assistant manager on the freezing January day in 1993 when Pools became the first lower division club to dump a Premier league team out of the FA Cup. We wanted to know the ingredients for an FA Cup upset and Eddie was happy to reveal what went on behind the scenes.

Former Chairman, saviour of the club, and lifelong Hartlepool United fan Harold Hornsey passed away 17 years ago today. For those who were around in 1994, we’ll always remember what he did for the club he was so passionate about. For newer and older fans alike we revisit his legacy here. The words were first published the day after his death and written by the fan only known as Albatross for the Box of Kippers website, and remain as relevant today as then. 

Harry Pearson recently returned to writing brilliant books about north-east football with The Farther Corner, the long-awaited sequel to ‘90s classic The Far Corner. He agreed to talk to HUST about his new book, the Northern League, how he’s never seen a boring Pools match, and doing the worm. And what he thinks about supporters trusts…  

Throwback Thursday #3: Ed Parkinson reflects on our pride in the monkey legend and a unique electoral victory in Hartlepool, (which with the benefit of hindsight perhaps signalled the beginning of our voyage away from the EU!)